Waterproof smartphones are quite common these days. However, most of those available are high-end ones that many people cannot afford. Sources say that smartphone manufacturers will be targeting this group and produce low and mid-range waterproof smartphones in 2015.
The Japanese mobile manufacturer Sony is a pioneer in production of waterproof smartphones. Its current range of waterproof phones includes Sony Xperia Go, Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZR, Sony Xperia Z1S, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Sony Xperia Z2.
According to says Digitimes, Sony is reportedly planning to introduce entry and mid-level sub-$300 (€218 approx.) waterproof smartphones next year. For this, Sony is already in talks with its component suppliers. Sources in the handset component suppliers in Taiwan report that Sony wants to drive sales of cheaper and affordable water resistant phones falling in the entry-level and mid-level category, in the market. Its current mid-level waterproof handsets cost around $400 to $500
It seems that Sony is not the only one to think of launching waterproof handsets costing less that $300 into the market. Other smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, HTC and K-Touch too are looking to expand their range of waterproof smartphones in view of the growing popularity of such phones.
These companies are already producing waterproof smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2, HTC J Butterfly, LG Optimus GJ, Motorola Motogo TV and others.
Taiwan based original design manufacturers (ODMs) say that they are more than willing to manufacture components for such entry and mid-level waterproof smartphones as it will boost their own sales and their clients’ sales as well.
Consumers will definitely want to buy low cost smartphones that can withstand splashes or dunk in the water.